Bareilly: While the Uttar Pradesh government is renaming cities, law and order is deteriorating in the state. Adding to the already abysmal situation of crimes against women, a fresh incident has taken place in Nawabganj, Bareilly district. Deepak, the 27-year-old son of Om Prakash, a policeman stationed in Sambhal, allegedly sexually assaulted a Dalit woman and threw acid on her and her neighbourhood friends.
The survivor said, “Taking a break from working in the fields, I went to drink water nearby when Deepak came from behind, pulled my hair and tore open my blouse. He hit me on my chest and tried to violate my dignity.” Her two sons, aged 10 and 12, ran to their mother’s rescue and were said to have been physically assaulted by Deepak. The younger son managed to escape and ran to call his mother's friends from a nearby area.
“We went running to save her (the survivor), and on seeing the two of us, Deepak picked up the acid container and threw it on all three of us, burning us,” said one lady. All three women and the young boy have sustained minor burns from the attack. The local clinic has now discharged them after providing basic medical attention.
The three women went to the local police station to register a complaint against Deepak. “We made a note of the complaint and promptly arrested Deepak,” said Satish Kumar, Superintendent of Police, rural. At a press conference, Kumar said that the accused has been booked under Sections 324 and 354, for voluntarily causing hurt using a dangerous weapon and assaulting a woman with the intention to outrage her modesty, respectively.
The accused Deepak, categorically denied all sexual assault and acid attack allegations against him. He said, “I was not present at the spot itself, I went only in the evening. The acid container was kept on a wall, and the women must have accidentally dropped it on themselves by moving it with sticks. These allegations against me are baseless.”
The Superintendent of Police added that they suspect that the accused attacked the three women due to a previous altercation he had with them. “We have arrested the accused on the basis of this information. The probe is on,” he said.
As per police records, this is not the first time Deepak has been booked for a crime. Previously, he was arrested under Section 302 and sent to jail for allegedly running over an individual with a tractor and killing him. Deepak, however, denied this. He said, “I did not run over the child, and neither was I ever sent to jail.”
(The authors are Uttar Pradesh-based freelance writers and members of 101Reporters.com)
Updated Date: Nov 10, 2018 17:46 PM